Pearls, Praying, and Parenting

Matthew 7:6-11 "Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.  Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the... Continue Reading →

Lessons from ‘Ready Player One’

*Below contains spoilers for the book Ready Player One I just finished reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and wanted to share a few thoughts.  The book is about a young, high school boy living in a future dystopian world.  The future is set about 30 years from our current day, which may be... Continue Reading →

Judging Others

Matthew 7:1-5 "Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.  Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?... Continue Reading →

Final Thoughts on Anxiety

Matthew 6:28-34 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and... Continue Reading →

Jesus Commands Us Not To Worry

Matthew 6:24-27 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap... Continue Reading →

Archive 2014: Matthew 6:23-24

Matthew 6:23-24 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness” (verses 23-24). I may... Continue Reading →

Archive 2014: Matthew 6:19-21

Matthew 6:19-21 Verses 19 and 20 must have been hard for people like Matthew to hear. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do... Continue Reading →

Archive 2014: Matthew 6:14-18

Matthew 6:14-18 Verses 14 and 15 speak about forgiving others the way God forgives us. “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive you” (verses 14-15). God is always extending us grace, and Jesus wants... Continue Reading →

Archive 2014: Matthew 6:9-13

Matthew 6:9-13 The next section in Scripture is the Lord’s Prayer. “Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our... Continue Reading →

Archive 2014: Matthew 6:7-8

Matthew 6:7-8 The next section of Scripture shows Jesus giving his disciples instructions on how to pray with the right intentions. But first, he finishes describing how the Gentiles have approached praying in the wrong fashion. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they... Continue Reading →

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